A General Strike scene - photograph

Strike-breakers attach lengths of barbed wire to the bonnet of a B-type bus during the General Strike, to prevent sabotage by strikers. A soldier armed with a rifle and bayonet stands guard. This barbed wire would have helped to protect the volunteer driver, who was vulnerable in the open cab. The General Strike was called after the mine bosses attempted to reduce miners' wages and increase their working hours. The Trades Union Congress (T.U.C.) supported the miners under the slogan 'Not an hour on the day, not a penny off the pay'. The T.U.C. arranged for key workers such as printers, dockers, transport workers, builders and steel workers to strike from 3 May 1926.
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May 1926
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Photographer : Topical Press
Transport for London

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